By Annie Wilder, EKU Manchester

Allen Wilder has worked at Red Bird Mission School, now Red Bird Christian School, for more than 30 years. He spent 10 years as a custodian, 10 years as director of support services, and 13 years as manager and director of the school’s food service program. Wilder is responsible for marking off every student’s name when they go through the lunch line. He takes this time to learn every student’s name, ask how their day has been, and see if they’ve been keeping up with UK basketball.  He is a constant in many student’s lives. One student said, “Allen is an outstanding man of God who is a very bright light to everyone he encounters.”